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Nursing Students Team Up with Union Gospel Mission to Collect Donated Items

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After the donations, it took three trucks, two SUVs, and the Union Mission Van to haul off the items. After the donations, it took three trucks, two SUVs, and the Union Mission Van to haul off the items.
RICHLAND, WA- Volunteers from WSU Tri-Cities College of Nursing and the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission teamed up Saturday for the first time to collect clothes, shoes, and other items for the community.

The idea to collect items came from nursing student Colette Devries who volunteers at Union Gospel Mission.  She saw the need and decided it was time to take some action.

Every Thursday, nearly 75 families go to the women's shelter for help, but there are barely enough items to go around.  Because the Union Gospel Mission is a private organization, they rely solely on the community's support.

"The need is very great.  A lot of people donate during the holidays, but they forget that the need is all year around.  The need is very great right now.  The shelves are empty.  They have four pairs of toddler shoes right now, so it's really needed," said Devries.

Some of the items needed most are children's clothes and shoes, household items, shampoo, makeup, and even medicine.

The shelter will team up with Columbia Basin College in April to ask for the community's help again.    

To help out the Union Gospel Mission, click here for more information. 
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